Paris Mayor: 'We're Suing Fox News'

Anne Hidalgo says city was 'insulted' by network's Muslim 'no-go zone' report
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2015 1:14 PM CST
Paris Mayor: 'We're Suing Fox News'
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is pictured in Paris, Oct. 8 , 2014.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

The City of Lights is not taking Fox News' erroneous reports of supposed Muslim "no-go zones" in England and France lightly: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the city will be bringing a lawsuit against the network. "When we're insulted … then I think we'll have to sue, I think we'll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed," she told Amanpour in an interview this morning, per CNN. "The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced." When Amanpour asked her specifically what entity she was referring to, Hidalgo replied, "Fox News, that's the name."

Steve Emerson, one of the network's pundits who claimed that certain European cities were Shariah-law strongholds and places where "non-Muslims just simply don't go," has since apologized for his "terrible error." Fox News correspondent Julie Banderas also offered a mea culpa to "the people of France and England" in what CNN calls "a blanket apology." In the meantime, French media—especially the Jon Stewart-esque Le Petit Journal show—have been merciless in lampooning the network's coverage, as per the New York Times, while British PM David Cameron says, per CNN, "When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools' Day." (More Paris stories.)

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